Another OR show has just come and gone. With it, arrived many new innovations and product updates. Here’s a smattering of what caught my eye that’s coming down the pipe to fulfill your gear needs as you head into the mountains, along with a little feel and flavor from the show.
Suunto was sporting a picture of the Angelic Doorstep in their booth display. (Bottom right image.) Regular t&w.com readers might remember that one.. Rowdy!
Wild Country, sporting rock oriented gear necessary for reaching many summits. Like this 7 loop, adjustable leg harness, for example.
Fits Sock Co. has listened to customers and will be delivering Coolmax socks in addition to their excellent lineup of merino offerings. Of all the sock brands out there, Fits Socks are on my feet during 98% of my outings, because I like them the most. Why? Because of their excellent fit and natural odor fighting abilities, naturally! Look for the Coolmax to arrive in early 2014.
Easton’s SuperTent, basically. At 3 pounds, 2 ounces for a two person, four season tent made of Tyvek type material, utilizing CF poles, it’s got to be the tent of choice for hardcore mountaineering or light and fast missions in inclement weather. The Si2 Cuben.
The Tikka headlamp by Petzl offers glow in the dark capability (after being exposed to a decent amount of sunlight), which helps one find it in a dark tent in the middle of the night. After Alaska, this strikes me as a prime feature.
Scott Newell explains the intricacies of Bluewater Ropes. ‘Now, you wouldn’t want to rappel on 6mm rope unless you were elite,’ says Scott (not verbatim). Apparently, using 6mm ropes as I do for ski mountaineering puts me in league with the likes of Conrad Anker. Well, you know, mimic the best, become like them…
Komperdell is bringing back the world’s easiest-to-use pole retaining devices. In snazzy colors, too. Love it. A fine compliment to their full pole lineup.
GU has come out with a new flavor. Salted Caramel. Only had a tiny sample, but it tasted good enough to capture my interest. Plus it’s got that cool snow-beast on the packaging!
Vivobarefoot, makers of minimalist footwear, will soon have trail runners (thicker sole, more aggressive tread) available. In sweet colors, too.
Rock On’s Rob Manson stands beside a display of cool chalk bags. Rock On also offers a line of tee shirts, hats, and outer layers. Also on tap is a super-finely ground chalk, which actually seems to get into the fingerprints pretty well. I don’t usually climb with chalk, but this stuff was so good I might just start..
I can easily picture La Sportiva’s latest footwear offering crossing a trail running ultra finish line in first place soon.
After using Goal Zero solar panels to power up our expedition to Alaska’s Morse Glacier this spring, I knew it takes a lot more than a bit of running water (as in the display here) to foil the operating ability of their panels. These units emit a light when producing power, which obviously takes power, but also might tell you whether yours are angled correctly or not. Could be pretty sweet.
I’m drawn to the smallest innovations sometimes. Like something that keeps your Dyneema or nylon open, easily clipped, and in place. Way to go, Grivel.
Just one tiny wing in a vast complex of outdoor gear. If you require gear for the outdoors, it’s probably able to be found at Outdoor Retailer.
CAMP’s X3 600 pack got an update. The new version looks just as rad and functional as the previous, if not a bit moreso.
Found the Levenator, aka @brodyleven, brodyleven.com, and ‘I sleep in a Subaru at 1 Subaru Street, anywhere in the world‘ climbing all over the Salewa table. It’s harder than it looks, I gather.
Hende discusses the finer merits of the mesh evaporative tech in the latest Salewa offerings. Lets sweat vapor leave, keeps water droplets from entering.. Shoe also switches between ‘shoe’ and ‘slip-on sandal’ functionality. Cool deal for when you wanna go casual on the fly.
If you’ve ever wondered what OR looks like once the buyers, exhibitors, media, athletes, salespeople, and all other manner of attendees leave, this is it. Museum-like qualities at the finish; quiet and boxed up.